CLIFTON HOUSE SCHOOL
PROSPECTUS

circa 1906

Page created 20 February,2007


This Prospectus was very kindly provided by David Clay whose father, and uncle, attended Clifton between 1910 and about 1915. It is therefore reasonable to assume that the Prospectus originated on or before 1910, though the relocation from Queen Parade in 1906 was the most likely resaon for the issue of this edition.

All 16 pages are shown here. Ten photograps are included but it is strange that images of a classroom or dormatory are not included.


The cover is 7.5 inches by 5 inches and the buff-coloured pages are just a little smaller; it is bound together with a brown ribbon. The back cover has a small imprint of "Ed J Burrow & Co Ltd, Publishers, Cheltenham & London".

One item that is absent from the cover and the pages is a school crest; as Clifton had, by the time this Prospectus was published, been going for at least ten years perhaps Walter Nuttall had chosen not to identify with a crest or badge? Neither is a school motto included.
Certainly by the mid-1950s, the Clifton magazine, Aquila was including the school emblem, a red Eagle, and the school motto esse quam videri on the cover.

The photographs have "Burrow" inscribed on them except for those of the Hall, Cricket Field and cricket on The Stray, where the name "Paton" appears.

Note that the address is shown as "Tewit Park"; the road was Stray Road though this is not included. Perhaps Tewit Park was the name for the development in that area that took place between 1891 and 1909 60. The road is called Stray Road on the 1908 Ordnance Survey map.

No telephone number is shown - this suggests that the Prospectus was printed some years earlier than 1910 as it possible that the school would have had a telephone by then.


Note the opening in the wall giving direct access to The Stray.
A larger version of the photograph is here; this has been processed to give a less distorted view of the building.

"the School Buildings are lighted throughout by electricity."
In Stephen Inwood's book, "City of Cities" 61, he states that "by 1911 there were only 122,000 electricity customers in London."
The Harrogate Municipal Electricity Works was established in 1897 so it was most probable that the new premises in Stray Road had electricity installed when built in c1906. Having come from the Clifton House in Queen Parade, without an electrical supply, this new school must have seemed wonderful.

This would be the cricket ground at the top of St George's Road.


Two sabres are mounted above the fireplace and what may also be swords are mounted on the left and right hand walls.

Note that Mrs Nuttall is mentioned.


Twelve boys are included in this photograph along with a lady and gentleman; perhaps Walter and Mrs Nuttall?

Note the inclusion of fees for "Anglo-Indian or Colonial Pupils".

The last sentence concerning a Certificate of Health is interesting; if you have read "Winter Holiday" by Arthur Ramsome you may recall that Nancy becomes ill and the other children are delighted that they will not be allowed to return to school:

"There's no getting out of it," said Susan. "The things can't be signed" [meaning the Certicifates]
"Who wants to get out of it?" said peggy. "Nancy said herself it's the very best thing that could have happened."


"A Walk Near Clifton House" - well, yes, but even in the early 1900s, it was a pretty long walk from the school!


SOURCE MATERIAL

60. source: An Atlas of Harrogate, The Corporation of Harrogate, 1963, by J A Patmore

61. source: from "City of Cities" by Stephen Inwood, page 200. Published by Macmillan, 2005


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